Practical Bookkeeping, Accounting & Taxation Services (PBATS) was formed by brother & sister Martin Beales & Rebecca Wisbey, merging their companies in 2019.
Martin & Rebecca have over 36 years of experience between them working in bookkeeping, accounts and tax, so you can take care of business and let us take care of the books!
We know that every client needs different things and those will change over time too. That's why every service we offer is customised to suit your particular needs. We will work with you to put systems in place to ensure your books are in good order, which in turn will help you obtain relevant and insightful information on your business finances.
We're based in Leigh-on-sea, at Kent Elms Corner (with a lovely cafe one side and a chip shop the other so we never go hungry!). From here we service our clients based locally in Leigh-on-Sea, Rayleigh, Southend-on-Sea and Benfleet, plus clients further afield in Maldon, Dunmow, Colchester, London and beyond. However, with all of our systems being cloud based, we can offer services to anyone based anywhere else in Essex or beyond - your accountant no longer needs to be local!
The best way to find out how we can help you is to get in touch, we can have an informal chat to discuss your needs and quote you for the services you want. It's best to make an appointment - either give us a call or click here to discuss your Bookkeeping needs or here to discuss your Accounting & Tax needs. Not sure which or want to talk about both? Book a Bookkeeping meeting and use the tick box on the form to tell us!
We've got a great team at PBATS, find out a little more about them now...
Rebecca lives in Rayleigh where she has worked for local companies before starting Practical Bookkeeping Services in 2018. Rebecca achieved her MAAT qualification in 2016. Coupled with her previous work experience, this gives her a depth of knowledge across many different sectors, softwares and methods of working.
Combined with her flexible working approach, this helped Rebecca and Practical Bookkeeping Services to flourish and continues to following the merger with Martin.
In her spare time Rebecca enjoys time with her husband & two children, running, spin classes (followed by a lovely omlette at the local cafe) and reading.
Martin has lived in Leigh since 2001 and he has worked in three local chartered accountancy practices during that time. He qualified under the AAT in 2008 and later passed his chartered exams under the ACCA in 2016.
In his time in practice he has gained a wealth of experience in delivering a wide range of services to individuals, along with small and medium businesses. Amongst his day to day duties his specialisms include business plans to obtain bank funding for growth, along with tax planning and savings.
In his spare time Martin enjoys running, tennis, trips to the gym and spending time with his partner.
James joined PBATS in 2019. Before this, he was working in the accounts preparation section of Not for Profit audit team, followed by two years volunteering for charities. James is MAAT qualified.
In his spare time, he loves sports and running and eating as much good food as possible.
Charlotte has a background in admin, including working alongside Rebecca. Charlotte's now concentrating on her bookkeeping skills, working towards her AAT Bookkeeping Level 2.
In her spare time Charlotte loves all things crafty! If ever a sweet treat is needed in the office we can count on Charlotte's baking skills. She also enjoys looking after her allotment, sometimes "helped" by her 2 children and partner.
Kirstin also joined PBATS in 2020 to assist with our day to day admin. She's already expanding her knowledge, starting on her AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 qualification.
In her spare time Kirstin is kept occupied by her two boys, enjoys spin classes also followed by a lovely omlette at the local cafe - a common theme here it seems!
Chloe joined PBATS in September 2021 to work alongside Martin & James in our accounts team.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, playing board games with her family and relaxing with a good coffee.
Chris joined PBATS in July 2020 to manage our payroll offering & qualified as a CIPP Payroll Technician in 2021.
In his spare time he enjoys time with his wife and two children, doing various DIY projects around their home with help from his son, watching Formula One and karting.
I would definitely recommend Martin and his team at PBATS. We were looking for a new, more helpful and available accountant and were recommended PBATS by another business. From the off, Martin and his team have been so accommodating, efficient and reliable, going out of their way to assist us in running our business more proficiently.
They're friendly, encouraging, accessible and always succinct, which feels really supportive and like a breath of fresh air. They really know their stuff and we're so pleased we moved to them.
Practical Bookkeeping Accounting and Taxation Services have been instrumental in setting up our business. They helped us at every step of the way from registering our company, setting up bank accounts, streamlining invoicing processes and keeping us informed of our profits each month.
They took the time to learn important aspects of our niche industry in order to give us the best possible service. As a new business we have had many questions and PBATS are always happy to answer them, no matter how big or small. They provide a personal trustworthy service and we would be happy to recommend them.
Excellent service from both Rebecca (bookkeeper) and Martin (accountant). I have been with several prominent accountancy firms over the past 18 years, however these two beat them all, in every way. I am very impressed and cannot recommend them enough.
Martin and Rebecca have been absolutely amazing looking after our start up, Indirock. We wanted to go with a local accountancy firm and definitely lucked out finding these guys. They're professional, always responsive to our ad-hoc queries and they don't break the bank! Would recommend them to anyone.
Martin and Rebecca are truly the best you can get. Nothing is too much trouble.
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Rebecca and Martin have been fantastic since day one. They've been thorough and responsive with all their advice, and have been happy to jump into our books whenever I need some help.
It's been a real pleasure and a lifesaver to work with Martin and Rebecca at Practical Bookkeeping. As a small business owner not only do they provide excellent value for money for their services, but also invaluable advice on how to navigate a really challenging business environment at the moment.
I could not recommend this accountancy business any more. They are extremely professional, reliable and incredibly prompt. I would not hesitate to recommend. This is where to go if you want the best.